In our Style Challenge series, we ask some of our favorite bloggers from around the web to surprise us with their ideas for creating a stylish and functional space using Home Depot products as a starting point.
Whitney of The Curtis Casa has been an ongoing contributor to The Apron blog with her fantastic garden projects, so when it came time for the Patio Style Challenge, we knew her eye for style and her green thumb would give her an edge! She came through with some terrific and very practical deck decorating ideas. We love the way her deck feels like a treehouse, and the bright colors she chose for her space have such a fun energy!
Whether we’re drinking our morning coffee or eating dinner with friends, my husband and I love being outside. Our love of the outdoors usually includes projects and shovels and plants … and lots and lots of dirt. With the invitation to do the Home Depot Style Challenge, I was thrilled at the opportunity to create an outdoor space where we could put our feet up!
We started with a pretty blank slate, a small 9-by-16-foot deck that overlooks our wooded backyard. Typically, we use this space after work when we need to wind down from the day. I knew we’d enjoy a sitting area where we could put our feet up and relax. I chose the Charlottetown White Wicker Patio Set because I love the crisp white look. My style is usually neutral and classic, but the blue cushions were a great starting point to go a little bit outside my comfort zone to this colorful, bohemian vibe.
I’m kind of a green thumb, so we spent a lot of time (and budget!) deciding what plants and greenery to include. Plants add so much depth and life to any space — to me the deck feels empty without them! The focal point was the Weeping Yoshino Cherry tree. We placed it beside the loveseat to add height and the weeping branches really add some flair! Visit my blog for more details on all the plants I chose and why and a DIY on how you can distress your own terra cotta pots, like this one below.
For the pillows, I knew I wanted something colorful but still a bit muted. I didn’t end up choosing the one I posted on Instagram, but instead went with my first choice: neutral linen with colorful dots! The dots worked perfectly to add just the right amount of color. The Navajo accent pillow pulls blue from the cushions and fuchsia from the rug while brightening everything up.
We hung this awesome rice paper umbrella upside down to give the illusion of a ceiling and add an interesting fixture to the space. The rice paper even glows a little bit in the evening light and makes the space intimate and interesting. The umbrella used to live on our screened-in porch downstairs!
We designated the other side of our long, skinny deck as the grill area. We got to set up the Char-Broil 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill and the GroVert Vertical Planter, and I’m really pleased with how it turned out! I planted mint, oregano, parsley, dill, thyme and some lettuces. We decided to hang the vertical garden on an old linen closet door to define the area. And it’s handy in case we ever want to move it around! The wooden frame on the planter makes it a really nice accent piece so you could move it, fill it with flowers and use it in a totally different way.
Thanks for the chance to revamp our deck area, Home Depot! We love our new space and look forward to spending a lot of evenings outside this spring – with our feet up!
Come visit my blog, The Curtis Casa, to read more about all our home and garden projects!
Check out the video I shot documenting my deck makeover.
Based in Atlanta, Whitney is the author of the home and garden blog, The Curtis Casa. In addition to DIY projects and interior design musings, Whitney regularly shares do’s and don’ts for first-time gardeners. Never afraid to get her hands dirty with her next project or call Mom for help, Whitney is happiest with her handy-man husband and two four-legged friends by her side.
To update her deck, Whitney used seating pieces from the Charlottetown collection, including the All-Weather Wicker Patio Loveseat, Patio Lounge Chairs, and Patio Coffee Table. She also included the Char-Broil 2-Burner Propane Gas Grill and GroVert Vertical Planter in her space.